Notes About Cookies

Notes About Cookies

In 2011 the government added a policy to the e-Privacy Directive governing the use of Cookies on web sites (Cookie Regulations).

Since then the Information Commissioner’s Office has released guidelines continually regarding the use of Cookies and the latest guidance document can be found here.

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a computer when the user accesses certain websites. They are widely used in order to make websites work or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

If you would like to know more about cookies including how to view cookies, manage and delete them please visit www.allaboutcookies.org

If you would like to stop Google Analytics across all web sites you visit, please follow this link which outlines how to do this via Google.

It’s important that you get the most from our web site and to do this we do use cookies. To ensure you can make an informed decision on whether you want to use our site or not, we’ve provided a list of the cookies we currently use.

If you are concerned about cookies and would like to disable their use then you can do this in your browser settings. Links are given for instructions on how to do this below:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome
Safari
Mozilla Firefox

If your browser is not listed then instructions can easily be obtained by searching for ‘Managing cookies’ followed by the name of your browser.

Please note that BTC group of companies cannot guarantee the accuracy or safety of any content on third-party sites and cannot guarantee our site will work as expected with cookies blocked.

WordPress Cookies

The BTC group of companies’ website uses the WordPress platform. This requires the use of certain cookies to improve the user experience for our visitors.

The life span of these cookies are:

viewed_cookie_policy for 1 day

wordpress_test_cookie persists for the duration of the visit to the website

CANDDi Cookies

The www.autovhc.com and affiliated websites use CANDDi tracking to understand who has visited the website, which pages they have viewed and the number of times they have visited. In normal working usage CANDDi places two first-party cookies on a visitor’s machine

_CAN_BId – This is the User Identification cookie. This holds a unique (32-character) reference which identifies this visitor each time that they return to our site. This cookie is held for a 10-year duration. In reality users upgrade their browsers (which clears their cookies) within this time.

CAN_SId – This is the Session Identification cookie. This holds a unique (32-character) reference which allows CANDDi to relate all the current tracking to a single Session. This cookie is held for 30-minutes

CANDDi cal also place some CAN_Store_xxx cookies. These are temporary cookies which CANDDi uses to ensure that the data which has been captured is recorded and transmitted to the CANDDi servers. These cookies are deleted after a positive response is received from the CANDDi tracking servers.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to enable us to work out what pages on our web site are being used and which pages are not. This allows us to improve the content on pages which are not viewed or potentially archive them off. We do not get access to or use any personal information. The cookies generated by Google have the following extensions _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz. These cookies collect information in an anonymous form including such things as the number of visitors to the site, the number of times a page was viewed within a month etc.
The life span of these cookies are:

_utma persists for 2 years

_utmb persists for 1 day

_utmc persists for the duration of the visit to the website

_utmz persists for 8 months

_ga persists for 1 year

To view more information regarding Google cookies please click here